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Elk hunting day pack

Alright the season is coming, only a couple months away now for early season. What goes in the 'ideal' elk day pack. I'll start with mine.

1.TP. Theres a reason why its first on the list:)
2.Emergency stuff. First aid kit, waterproof matches, emrgency blanket, water tablets.
3.2 knives with at least a 4 inch blade and sharpener.
4.Bone saw, probably buy a Wyoming Game saw this year.
5.Game bags, enough for 4 quarters plus 1 or 2 extra just in case.
6.Pepper to keep the bugs off the meat.
7.Lunch, plenty of water(2 liters), and extra candybars for energy.
8.Extra shells. I carry 20 when rifle hunting.
9.Compass, might buy a GPS this year too.
10.Leatherman for crude repairs to equipment.
11.Hand sanitizer and plastic gloves.
12.Binocs and sometimes a rangfinder.
13.Orange tape to find my way back to a downed animal. (always take the tape of when you're done)
14.Nylon Rope.

Thats all I can think of at the moment. What do you view as the ideal elk pack? Feel free to add or substitue items on my list.

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I think you have it all covered.

The orange tape is an interesting idea, never heard of that before, but I can see where it would come in handy. However if you get a GPS unit this year, it will render the tape as just dead weight. A map will come in handy if your unfamilar with an area, but again GPS wins over if you have one.

Some may find a hatchet useful if you are hunting late season. Makes busting up wood for those waterproof matches easier....

A flashlight is something to consider too, if you tag one just before dusk and need a little extra light for gutting/dragging.

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I agree with bitmasher. A flashlight or chemical light stick is an absolute must. If you're going to rely on a GPS then you'd better include spare batteries also.

As for hand sanitizer, I live and hunt in Colorado where CWD is a concern. Ordinary hand sanitizers won't neutralize the protein prions that scientists are pretty sure are responsible for transmitting that. Ordinary chlorine bleach, however, will. So for the last two years I've been carrying a small bottle of bleach with which to wash my hands and knives after field dressing.

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I actually do carry a flashlight but I knew I'd forget to put something on the list. Really its a headlamp, nice for cleaning animals after dark and walking. Keeps both hands free. Also extra batteries for the GPS and the hatchet are a good idea too.

Thanks for the tip on the bleach. They just found CWD in Utah and I guess it should become part of my pack.

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This is what a good forum is for. You get to see what everybody uses and get some good ideas to make your hunt even better.

I've got just about everything that's been mentioned except for hand cleaner/sanatizer. I've never even thought about taken some with me. I've just used my water and cleaned up when I got back to camp. I will have it with me now though.

I've always carried ribbon tape to mark my way back to my game. Then after I've got it cut up I decorate the head like a christmas tree so I don't look like the next tag to be filled. :smile:

I thought more about getting GPS lately. I looked into the Garmin Rino 120. It's a two way radio w/ a GPS with peer-to-peer. So when your trying to explain to your hunting partner where your at to come and help with your game they can see themselves and you on the LCD screen and see how to get to you. The web site (garmin.com) explains this a little better so check it out. Also if anybody has these and would like to share there feelings on how they like them please let me know.

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Interesting learning about the bleach. I've always (for the last several years) worn plastic gloves for gutting deer here in Michigan. I also carry a pepsi in my backpack for cleaning my hands and arms afterwards. The caffeine in the pepsi washes the blood right away.

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Where did you hear about the bleach, Don? Bleach is a great disinfectant for bacteria; however I'm a bit suspious that it would have any effect on prions that make up cwd (cwd is not a bacteria).

I say this not to be alarmist, but rather I know that it takes a fairly acidic or basic solution to denature a protein (which the prions are). I have some doubts that bleach would "cut the mustard" in denaturing the prions, although I don't know for sure that bleach does not denature prions.

Certainly can't hurt to use it, an I'm definitely not going to knock anybody that tries to do anything they reasonably can to reduce the cwd risk. Just that bleach may not be enough....

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PS350XLT, you may want to check your local regs about using two way radios while hunting. Some states, like MT forbid the use of them while hunting, since it is believed to not be fair chase. CO doesn't forbid while hunting, but I have read grumblings that they might.

Not that I care one way or the other if hunters use them in the field (frankly they can be useful if you get seperated from your group, etc), just a heads up so you don't get nailed if they are illegal while hunting in OR.

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Bit,

I believe the DOW themselves claimed using bleach was helpful. But I'm not 100% sure... maybe Don can help clarify.

It was my understanding that only very high heat could kill prions, not the kind of heat from an oven or sunshine, but extremely high heat. That's one of the reasons that meat processing plants did not want to process elk/deer in the same facility as beef, pork, etc. They were concerned about the possibility of not being able to rid the plant of the prions if/when they became contaminated. Which makes me believe that the normal disinfecting process must be ineffective.

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Well I googled around some and it does look like the powers that be are recommending bleach, although they don't seem terribly confident about it:

http://www.cwd-info.org/index.php/fuseaction/recommendations.questions

Your right about the processing plants Cowgal, and one of the reasons the bleach gives me pause as a serious denaturing agent for cwd. If bleach really worked, then processors wouldn't turn away game meat, since they would be just a bleach cleaning away from disinfection.

Oh well, cwd raises more questions than answers, in that case it is best to do what you can.

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Right. I got my information about bleach from the CO DOW website. No, they're not extremely confident about its ability to make things completely safe from CWD, but it certainly seems to be the best bet at this time.

I believe that for heat to render the prions harmless it has to be something in excess of 1500 °F!

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